Dealing with Emotional Burn-Out

Monday, March 27, 2017

Are you feeling emotionally drained? Maybe you're involved in several ministries where you give and give and give but don't seem to get anything in return. What's the "cure" for burn out?


Burn-out is something that seems pretty common in ministry. And I'm not just talking about physical burn-out; I mean emotional burn-out too. Because here's the deal: in ministry you're serving others emotionally. And that can be emotionally draining for you as well.

When we climb up the "ministry mountain", we're focused on others and helping them make it to the top. We watch them stumble and make wrong choices and get discouraged when they don't follow our advice. Sometimes we've already made it to the top of the mountain and we're just cheering them on while other times we're climbing the mountain with them. Either way, we're giving of ourselves to help them make it up.

Most people have a rosy view of ministry. They think of it as amazing work. And don't get me wrong, it is. But that's only half the story.

The other half is hard work. And it's easy to get emotionally burned-out - fast.

It can be discouraging to pour into children's lives and see almost no change in their behavior.
It can be discouraging to develop a relationship with someone you're mentoring and then have that person walk away from that relationship.
It can be discouraging to continually give your all to someone just to have that person only contribute half-way.

And if we're not careful these discouragements can make us want to quit. We look at everything we're involved in and feel like we're not really making a difference. We think that - despite everything we're doing - nothing is really getting through. And then we think that we probably aren't needed anyway. What can one person do? we ask ourselves.

But if this is you; let me encourage you today.

One person can make a difference.
Even if that one person is you.

The thing that amazes me is how God works through us; our weaknesses and downfalls as well as our strengths.

So keep up the good work. And don't quit. Your influence could change a generation.

<3 blue topaz
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded." (2 Chronicles 15:7 KJV)

4 comments:

  1. Ah, Ash, I so needed this.

    This is kinda how I've been feeling, lately - tired, burned out, and borderline cynical regarding giving-giving-giving and not feeling like there's an end.

    Don't get me wrong, serving is cool, but it isn't as easy or glamorous as some think. But this post encouraged me, so thank you. <3

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    1. I'm so glad you found this encouraging, Amanda! I totally get what you're saying though. I have felt the same way on many occasions. Thanks so much for the comment, girl!

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  2. Great post Ashley! This is a very inspirational post. Thanks so much! Love you!~Emmaly

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    1. Thanks for commenting Emmaly :) I'm glad you thought it was inspirational!

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